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Modesto Junior College

Coaching Staff

2017 MJC Football 

Head Coach
RUSTY STIVERS

Rusty Stivers

Rusty Stivers is only the 12th head coach in the 95-year history of MJC Football. Stivers is in his second year at the helm of MJC Football. He took over in 2015 for Sam Young, the winningest football coach in Modesto Junior College football history (97-67, .581).

 Rusty started his coaching career at the high school level where he was given the opportunity in 2000 to turn around a program (Riverbank High School) that had 18 consecutive losing seasons into the best record (2001) in school history.

 As MJC’s offensive coordinator at MJC for nine years, Stivers orchestrated one of the most successful offenses in the state of California. The MJC “NASCAR” offense was #1 in the state of California, averaging 500 yards and 40 points/game the last four seasons (2011-2014). The “NASCAR” offense was also #1 in the state of California in total offense (537.4/game), Red Zone TD efficiency (78%), 1st downs/game (28.8), and number of plays (86) per game in 2013. 

 Since taking over as the offensive coordinator in 2006, the MJC Quarterbacks broke multiple school records and were named been All League or All State eight consecutive years (2006-2013). From 2009 to 2011, three Quarterbacks earned full ride scholarships to Division I universities. Rusty has worked with a company called, “Coaches Choice” to develop four coaching videos about the Modesto Junior College Offense.

 Rusty Stivers is a proud graduate of Hilmar High School (1990) where he was named as an All-State running back for Jerry Van Lengen and voted the Trans Valley League MVP on offense and defense.  He continued his playing career at MJC and was named an All-State running back for Steve DaPrato in 1992.  Stivers then transferred to University of California, Davis where he started as a running back in 1994 under Bob Biggs and completed his B.A. in Exercise Science. Rusty has a teaching credential from National University and a Masters of Sport Science from the United States Sports Academy. 

 According to Stivers, “I am honored to accept what I consider to be my dream job as the head football coach at Modesto Junior College. Our vision is to be a premiere student-transfer program for our local community.  I cannot thank Coach Young enough for the opportunity the last 12 years to grow and develop under his tutelage.”

 Rusty is married to Melissa Stivers and has four daughters (Sophie 9, Ava 7, Haygen 5, and Lainey 3).

Assistant Coach
EDDIE ABBASI

 

Coach Abbasi begins his fourth season at MJC as the Co-Defensive Coordinator, mentoring the inside linebackers. He is a graduate of Turlock High School. Coach Abbasi then played at Modesto Junior College, where he became a successful student athlete receiving 1st team all-conference honors twice. He was selected best linebacker by peers and was a team captain. He continued his football career at the University of Southern Oregon, while chasing his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He returns to MJC after a coaching stint at his high school alma mater. Eddie and his wife, Capri, reside in Turlock and have two children Gianna and Jayden.

Assistant Coach
JIM STEVENS
Coach Stevens is in his eighteenth year as a full time faculty member at MJC. Over his eighteen years, he has assisted three different sports. Jim began his community college coaching career in 1994 and his faculty career in 1996. Jim has been fortunate over his long tenure to reside at four different colleges and assist in four different sports.
Assistant Coach
MARVIN JACKSON
 

Coach Jackson is in his second year as a Pirate assistant.  He has over 16 years of college and high school football coaching experience.  Marvin also is an MJC adjunct professor.

Assistant Coach
RON GROSS
 

Coach Gross is in his eleventh year with the Pirates. He was an outstanding four-sport star at Colusa High School earning all-conference and all-area selection in football. Ron had a very successful career in both football and baseball at Yuba College.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from CSU Chico.  He subsequently finished his Master’s degree from American University.  Ron also handles the head coaching duties of the Pirate men’s golf team. Ron and his wife, Amy, reside in Modesto with their four children, Brett, Katelyn, Brock and Blake.

Assistant Coach
ZACH HOLLIS
 

Zach Hollis is in his third year  with the Pirates, coaching wide receivers. Coach Hollis began his coaching career in 2011 at his alma mater Turlock High School, where he spent two seasons as the receiver’s coach before becoming the Offensive Coordinator in 2013. He spent last season coaching quarterbacks and receivers at Merced College.  A 2004 graduate of Turlock High School, he continued his playing career at Merced College before transferring to Modesto Junior College, where he played quarterback and special teams for the Pirates. In 2010, Zach graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.  Zach and his wife Alyssa live in Turlock, where he runs his family’s beef cattle business and farms.

Assistant Coach
GROVER CATANO
Coach Caetano is a veteran area coach and former MJC Pirate player.  In 2017, he will be coaching the  seal team and outside linebackers.
Assistant Coach
KEVIN RUIZ
 

Kevin Ruiz, who joined Sam Young’s staff in the spring of 2011, is now in his first season as a defensive coordinator for Coach Stivers and the Pirates. Ruiz, who previously served as the defensive coordinator Grace Davis High School from 2005-2009 & 2011, has coached wide receivers, quarterbacks and defensive backs since joining Modesto Junior college. Ruiz has 18 years of coaching experience and has helped engineer championship at Schurr High School, Central Catholic High School, Grace Davis High School and MJC. Players in his position groups have been All Conference each year and All American twice. A native of Modesto, Calif., Ruiz played quarterback and cornerback for Central Catholic H.S. earning All Conference honors. After graduating, Ruiz played for three seasons at Whittier College, where he helped the team to back to back SCIAC championships.  He graduated with a degree in physical education and began his coaching career at Schurr H.S. in 2000.  Coach Ruiz’s wife, Jennifer, is a valley native. They have two children, Mason and Dannon.

Assistant Coach
MIKE KUHNLENZ

Coach Kuhnlenz is in his first year on the MJC Pirate football staff.  He played at Manteca HS and MJC.  He previously served as the offensive coordinator at Weston Ranch HS and as an assistant at East Union HS in Manteca.

Assistant Coach
KIRK PETERSON
 

Coach Peterson has been coaching football locally since 1997 and has been at MJC since 2015.  He is a 1991 graduate of Turlock High and a 1996 graduate of San Francisco State where he lettered in basketball.  Kirk is employed by Stanislaus County Office of Education and works with special needs students.  He lives in Turlock with his wife Kim and his three daughters Paige, Avery, & Mia.  

Assistant Coach
TIME SITALA
 

Coach Sitala is in his second year as a Pirate assistant. He played at Long Beach City College and played professionally for the Anaheim Pirahnas of the Arena Football League and the Las Vegas Posse in the CFL.

Assistant Coach
DANTE MARSH
 

Coach Marsh is in his second year as a Pirate assistant, who primarily coaches the defensive secondary.  Marsh was a scholar athlete at Fresno State 1997-2000 and played in the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia Lions for 10 years after a brief stint with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans in 2001.

Football

Contact Us

Rusty Stivers
Head Coach
Email: stiversr@mjc.edu
Phone: 209-575-6712

Location

East Campus
Physical Eduction offices
113

Hours
  • Monday: 9-5
  • Tuesday: 9-5
  • Wednesday: 9-5
  • Thursday: 9-5
  • Friday: 9-5